drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at RBWG 2010 at Redlight. Big thanks to OrlGameCock at RBWG for the state tick. The aroma is dark chocolate covered cherries with coffee, cream, sour, and more. The flavor is similar but the fruits are subdued and the dusty chocolate comes out.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Carolina Goes Sour- to switch things up a bit. Thanks to JCB? Bomber. Pours almost black with a thin yellow head. Aroma of oxidized fruits, sweet fruit juices. Taste is bitter coffee, chocolate, vanilla, red apples. Not too much depth but very nice.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black pour with a nice tan head. Roasty and toasty aroma with tons of chocolate. Prunes and molasses too. Flavor is both sweet and bitter. Chcocolate and coffee with prunes. Damn nice.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep brown tan head roast coffee. flavor the same. bitter choco finish. nive brew
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Strong coffee and cocoa aroma. Black cherry, bakers chocolate and a roasty black malt flavor. Some coffee in the finish....nice.
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from the 1st batch (bottled 2/18/08). Poured clear, deeper brown (but nowhere near black) with a spotty cap of tan head. The aroma picked up buttery molasses and black patent malts with an enjoyable kick from the smoked malts around the nose.. this seemed past its prime both in malt degradation and the lack of appreciable hops. The flavor found the same malt bill and smoke presence as the nose.. grainy molasses and black patent marred a bit by butter cream, with nice smoked malts around.. again the hops were barely there, just showing a little earthy bitterness with coffee and smoke on the edges. Medium-plus bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. moderate roast.. methinks this just didnít hold up that well. Iíll try a fresh sample if presented to me.
MeadMe (1591) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a dark black with a small head. Light retention and some spots of lace.
S: Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and band aid.
T: No band aid which is a good thing. Very roasty toasty with light chocolate notes. There is a molasses or dark fruit like sweetness before a nicely hopped bitter finish.
M: On the fuller side of medium, nice carbonation.
D: Drinks pretty good.
obguthr (5320) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Brewvival: Smoky nose. Brown with a huge brown head, good lacing. Smoked flavor of rancid meat. Charred oak finish. Alcohol evident. Could pass for a rauchbier but not a good one.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, bottled on 02/22/10 and consumed fresh, just two weeks later. Courtesy OrlGamecock. Pours a very dark mahogany color that shows a bit of translucency at the edge. A small, smooth head of dark khaki to light brown foam leaves dense, scattered spot lacing behind on the glass. The nose is based in dark, bitter chocolate and roasty coffee, with hints of anise and maybe a bit of burnt oats. Flavors are very darkly roasted, showing more bakerís chocolate, bitter cacao, toasted barley, and coffee beans. Earthen hops impart a good amount of bitterness, while touch of scorched molasses sweetness brings things back into balance. The body is substantial, but well short of full, sporting an even-keeled carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice and well balanced brew, but itís not something to go crazy over.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Very nice IS indeed... Pitch black pour with a big tan head which lasts... big roasty aroma with some licorice and sweet malts... very smooth and frothy body with some dark fruit notes. lingering roasted finish. Great beer!